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My goal as a children’s portrait photographer is to capture the essence of a child, to truly capture a piece of a child’s story. As I trudged through mud, muck and snow with “L” for her session I couldn’t help but admire her happy, confident attitude touring me through her grandparents Bellingham farm. She didn’t lose her composure even after finding her boot full of slush before the first picture. She simply poured the icy water from her boot and kept on smiling. “L” is raising her calf Bertha for show in the Northwest Washington Fair in August. By the time Bertha goes to show, she will tower over “L”, but I am certain Bertha will know who’s boss, and she’ll respect that. Farm living makes a girl headstrong, confident, tough, compassionate and responsible and I think these images give you a glimpse of just that.

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Thanks “L” for a fun afternoon taking pictures! I’ll visit the cow barn at the fair this year and say hello! And I hope you bring home a blue ribbon!

This session was shot fully on film, Kodak Portra 400.

If you are looking for an authentic portrait session, please get in touch! Americana Portraits photographs children’s portraits throughout Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Birch Bay, Blaine, Everson and even south in Skagit County.

e-mail: or let’s talk on the phone, 306-0321.

Americana Portraits

A horse!  A horse!  My kingdom for a horse!
~ William Shakespeare’s historical play, King Richard III, Act V, Scene

It was an absolute dream-come-true to finally be back “home” during a time my niece had her weekly riding lesson.  For as long as Abby has been so head-over-heels in love with horses and riding, I have longed to be visiting when we could make a trip to the stable for pictures with her horse.  The stars aligned this summer and I was so happy that she had a riding lesson while I was visiting.  We headed to Quarry Ridge Farm in Battle Ground, Washington for a group riding lesson and I was given some VIP access inside the arena while Abby was riding.  I loved seeing this side of her.  I know her as a spunky, easy-going (yet completely outgoing) 11 year old girl who sings and dances to Wicked, loves lip gloss and shoes, yet fits right in comfortably playing with my boys.  But with her horse, Beau, she is a gentle leader, confident, courageous and in-touch with nature.  These two have a special relationship and it shows when this impressive size animal marches easily to Abby’s beat.  It’s an awesome sight.  I left my digital camera at home and shot these all on film, Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford Delta 3200.  I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again, there’s just a little somethin’, somethin’ special about film and I think it shows in these images.

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….don’t go swimmin’ with a mermaid, son, if you don’t know how to swim!

– Shel Silverstein

It’s a crazy and exciting world beneath the calm ripples of the pool’s surface.  I had nearly forgotten what it’s like to open my eyes underwater and enjoy the carnival that hides beneath the surface.  This circus act is my family, while vacationing in Sunriver, Oregon.  Shot on a Lomo LC-A+ with Lomo 400 and Ektar 100 films.  Together, the results were funky and unexpected.  Jump in with me and see…the water feels great!

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